Art templates for CD/DVD case and disc image:


Artwork Information:



  1. All of our printing is single sided only. This is sometimes referred to as 4/0 printing (see section below).
  2. You will convert your images to .jpg format.
  3. The artwork graphics you provide (.jpg images) will be stretched to fit. Use the templates below to get the size of each type of graphic, but even if you submit a graphic that has a different dimensions of height and width or aspect ratio, we will stretch it to fit during the printing process. For the best looking output, you would want to have an image with the same aspect ratio (proportional dimensions).
  4. NOTE: Save your .jpg as RGB not CMYK. Our system is designed to take RGB jpg images not CMYK.
    In Photoshop choose Image-Mode to confirm you're image is RGB. In Paint Shop Pro choose File - Save As... Then click the 'Options...' button to confirm you're saving as RGB.
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  5. This video shows how to fix a CMYK image and turn it into a printable RGB image.
  6. Our production system prints the disc, DVD case overwrap, CD case inserts and all graphics using RGB 300 dpi full color. We will print your image fully, but we trim the image slightly (about 1.5mm on each edge). So, make sure important parts of your artwork are away from the edge as much as possible. Click Here to see examples.
  7. Do not include cut marks, or borders, or extra white space on the outside edges of your graphics. We print your image slightly larger than what place in the packaging so it gives us room to trim each edge. Click Here to see examples. Since it's possible the cut will be slightly off center, any borders or white space at the outer edges of your image will make any variances in centering more obvious. The outside edges of your artwork should be a simple, smooth extension of your main artwork. In other words, just extend out your background color or images to the edge. Do not include borders of any kind. Expect 1 or 2mm of the outside edges of your artwork to be trimmed off.
  8. After you've uploaded your .jpg artwork, you may see what your product will look like. Login to TrepStar, then click the 'view product' choice listed in the dropdown menu near the order button (next to each of your products). This feature gives you an approximation of how your images will be printed and will show you if you have it pretty close to what you expect.
  9. Your computer monitor has much less resolution than what is printed at 300 DPI (dots per inch). For example, a 1920 pixel wide screen is only 6.4" at printed size 300dpi. You should try printing your final artwork image from your computer to see how it looks printed. When looking at your image properties, or sometimes when looking at image re-size options, make sure your image is the correct size and at 300dpi. Then, select print preview from your graphics program and set it to print at 100% scale. If you have the image set up properly, it will print exactly the same size is how it will print on our system. Then imagine we trim the outer edges of the image about 1.5 mm on each edge.
  10. Avoid placing critical text or graphics near the edges of your graphics. We do not trim very much of your image during production, but there is some trim area (about 1.5mm). Click Here to see examples.

Windows Graphics Programs:



  1. FREE: For simple graphics editing, use Windows Paint. Click Start - All Programs - Accessories and choose "Paint"
  2. FREE Trial: A little more power - Paint Shop Pro.
  3. PhotoShop: If you have it, use it. If you do not have it, it's probably more than you need so we recommend the free trial of Paint Shop Pro.
  4. Always save .jpg as RGB not CMYK

We use what's commonly called 4/0 printing



  1. The "4" in 4/0 means digital printing which uses four colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) to make up every color variation. The "0" means no printing on the back.
  2. 4/0 means printing 4-color process on 1 side and blank on the other side. This is what TrepStar uses.
  3. 4/1 means printing 4-color process on 1 side and black/white on the other side. We do not use this method.
  4. 4/4 means printing 4-color process on both sides. We do not use this method.

CD or DVD Disc Image



The disc image is printed directly to the CD or DVD surface. Image should be be square (1x1 aspect ratio height=width).
  1. Click Here for Detailed Instructions
  2. There is NO need to have a circular masked image. Any square image will do (height = width). Our system will cut off (crop) any part of the image that does not fit on the disc. Click Here to see examples.
  3. Here is a link to a disc image template. View
  4. Download this file by right clicking on it and choosing save as... Then using Paint, Paint Shop Pro, PhotoShop, or any other graphics editor, add your artwork to this template.
  5. Save as RGB not CMYK
  6. If you need help, we suggest you sign up at freelancer.com to hire an artist.

DVD Case overwrap



The DVD case overwrap (coversheet / entrapment) is a printed page that is inserted in the plastic sleeve located on the outside of the DVD case. This is what you see when you're looking at the closed DVD (amaray) case. If you choose the DVD case (amaray case) package option, you'll need to upload an image that we will print.
  1. Here is a link to a DVD case cover overwrap template. View
  2. Download this file by right clicking on it and choosing save as... Then using Paint, Paint Shop Pro, PhotoShop, or any other graphics editor, add your artwork to this template.
  3. Save as RGB not CMYK
  4. No matter what size or shape image you upload, our system will stretch the image to fit. It's always best to start with a template so the dimensions (aspect ratio) of your artwork will be the same or similar to what's printed.
  5. If you need help, we suggest you sign up at freelancer.com to hire an artist.

Inside DVD Case Insert



The DVD case insert is inserted inside the DVD case. When you open the DVD case, it is inserted on the left hand side. The disc is placed on the right hand side.
  1. Here is a link to a DVD case insert. View
  2. Download this file by right clicking on it and choosing save as... Then using Paint, Paint Shop Pro, PhotoShop, or any other graphics editor, add your artwork to this template.
  3. Save as RGB not CMYK
  4. If you need help, we suggest you sign up at freelancer.com to hire an artist.


CD Case (jewel case) 2 Panel Insert



The two panel insert can be seen from the front of the jewel case when it's closed, and from the inside of the jewel case when it is open.
  1. Here is a link to the 2 panel jewel case insert template. View
  2. Download this file by right clicking on it and choosing save as... Then using Paint, Paint Shop Pro, PhotoShop, or any other graphics editor, add your artwork to this template.
  3. Save as RGB not CMYK
  4. No matter what size or shape image you upload, our system will stretch the image to fit. It's always best to start with a template so the dimensions (aspect ratio) of your artwork will be the same or similar to what's printed.
  5. If you need help, we suggest you sign up at freelancer.com to hire an artist.


CD Case (jewel case) Back Tray Card Insert



This is placed inside the clear CD case and is visible from the back and side edges of the CD case. We use black trays, not clear trays, so printing is one sided only (4/0).
  1. Here is a link to the back tray card insert template. View
  2. Download this file by right clicking on it and choosing save as... Then using Paint, Paint Shop Pro, PhotoShop, or any other graphics editor, add your artwork to this template.
  3. Save as RGB not CMYK
  4. No matter what size or shape image you upload, our system will stretch the image to fit. It's always best to start with a template so the dimensions (aspect ratio) of your artwork will be the same or similar to what's printed.
  5. If you need help, we suggest you sign up at freelancer.com to hire an artist.